Managment Skill Development Report

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Skill Development Report

Management Skills 21440

Student Name: Samuel Carling

Student Number: 11085230

Lecturer: Neil Barnwell

Class time: Wednesday 2pm-5pm

Table of Contents

Part A Topic Area 1: Time and Self management………………………………………3 Article 1…………………………………………………………………………………………………….4 Article 2…………………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Article 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………….6 Part A Topic Area 2: Understanding Diverse Others………………………………….7 Article 4…………………………………………………………………………………………………….8 Article 5…………………………………………………………………………………………………….9 Article 6…………………………………………………………………………………………………..10 Part B topic Area 1: Time and Self management……………………………………...11 Individual reflection topic area 1…………………………………………………………….12 Part B Topic Area 2: Understanding Diverse Others………………………………..13 Individual reflection topic area 2…………………………………………………………….14 Reference list…………………………………………………………………………………………..15

Part A

Article Review and Summary

Topic area 1: Time and Self-management

ARTICLE 1 (Time and Self Management)
Häfner, A, Stock, A 2010, ‘Time Management Training and Perceived Control of Time at Work’, University of Würzburg: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. 429-447.

This article discusses problems suffered by people with regards to time pressures due to fast paced living. It discusses the issues regarding time management and its link to an employee’s perceived control of time, which is defined by the article by “an employee’s perception of having enough time to finish ones work and the ability to meet one’s deadlines” (Häfner & Stock, 2010, p. 430).

A study was conducted with the aim of using psychological theory and research to influence time management behavior at work to achieve favorable outcomes. A group of 71 individuals participated in a workshop that taught time management techniques and followed up on whether these techniques were implemented in the workplace and their effect on well being.

The article states “Time management behaviour can be characterized as a combination of time assessment, goal setting, planning, and monitoring activities” (Claessens et al., 2007). The study discussed the methodologies and strong relationship between goal setting, prioritising and use of time related mechanisms and their impact upon time management behavior, perceived control of time, performance and well being.

The successful use of time related mechanisms allows for a healthy balance between increased work pressures and well being, the article states that, “More structure and clarity fosters control of time, and furthermore the perception of time related control increases well-being and job satisfaction” (Häfner & Stock, 2010, p. 430).

The article calls for intervention focusing on more prioritising, goal setting, planning and monitoring of behavior and time management activities. I believe that this is a strong point as it’s clear that it leads to employees perceiving a more controlled idea of their time construct and from this results stronger performance and a healthier well being for employees.

I think that employees who participate in training groups and corporations that implement strategies, such as the one in the article will have a greater chance of employees achieving successful time management and that will ultimately lead to a better outcome for the employee and organisation alike. This fact is reinforced by Orpen (1994) who stated that time management training leads to an improvement in work performance alongside daily activities.

Häfner & Stock (2010, p.435) state strategies such as prioritising, goal setting, strategy development, and monitoring will lead to proper time management and behaviors lead to relating to time management. Having these strategies implemented helps the individual’s ability resist distractions, overcome obstacles and persist until the set goal is reached.

ARTICLE 2 (Time and Self Management)
Gerhardt, M...
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